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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Who can say, I have made my heart clean?PROV. 20:9.

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.—They that are in the flesh cannot please God.

To will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.—We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags: and we all do fade as a leaf: and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

The scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.—God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Psa. 14:2,3. -Rom. 8:8.Rom. 7:18,19. -Isa. 64:6.Gal. 3:22. -II Cor. 5:19.I John 1:8,9.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“To him be glory both now and forever.”

2 Peter 3:18

Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and forever, “to him be glory.” Is he not a “Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek?” “To him be glory.” Is he not king forever?—King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? “To him be glory forever.” Never shall his praises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the lustre of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised forever. Long as immortal spirits live—long as the Father’s throne endures—forever, forever, unto thee shall be glory. Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying him now? The apostle’s words are, “To him be glory both now and forever.” Will you not this day make it your prayer? “Lord, help me to glorify thee; I am poor; help me to glorify thee by contentment; I am sick; help me to give thee honour by patience; I have talents; help me to extol thee by spending them for thee; I have time; Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve thee; I have a heart to feel; Lord, let that heart feel no love but thine, and glow with no flame but affection for thee; I have a head to think; Lord, help me to think of thee and for thee; thou hast put me in this world for something; Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose: I cannot do much; but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into thy treasury; I am all thine; take me, and enable me to glorify thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Leviticus 21

Leviticus 21

21. Rules for the Priests

The Holiness of Priests

21

The Lord said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them:

No one shall defile himself for a dead person among his relatives,2except for his nearest kin: his mother, his father, his son, his daughter, his brother;3likewise, for a virgin sister, close to him because she has had no husband, he may defile himself for her.4But he shall not defile himself as a husband among his people and so profane himself.5They shall not make bald spots upon their heads, or shave off the edges of their beards, or make any gashes in their flesh.6They shall be holy to their God, and not profane the name of their God; for they offer the Lord’s offerings by fire, the food of their God; therefore they shall be holy.7They shall not marry a prostitute or a woman who has been defiled; neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband. For they are holy to their God,8and you shall treat them as holy, since they offer the food of your God; they shall be holy to you, for I the Lord, I who sanctify you, am holy.9When the daughter of a priest profanes herself through prostitution, she profanes her father; she shall be burned to death.

10 The priest who is exalted above his fellows, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the vestments, shall not dishevel his hair, nor tear his vestments.11He shall not go where there is a dead body; he shall not defile himself even for his father or mother.12He shall not go outside the sanctuary and thus profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord.13He shall marry only a woman who is a virgin.14A widow, or a divorced woman, or a woman who has been defiled, a prostitute, these he shall not marry. He shall marry a virgin of his own kin,15that he may not profane his offspring among his kin; for I am the Lord; I sanctify him.

16 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:17Speak to Aaron and say: No one of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the food of his God.18For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, one who is blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long,19or one who has a broken foot or a broken hand,20or a hunchback, or a dwarf, or a man with a blemish in his eyes or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.21No descendant of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s offerings by fire; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the food of his God.22He may eat the food of his God, of the most holy as well as of the holy.23But he shall not come near the curtain or approach the altar, because he has a blemish, that he may not profane my sanctuaries; for I am the Lord; I sanctify them.24Thus Moses spoke to Aaron and to his sons and to all the people of Israel.

New Testament in Four Years - Acts 11:19-26

Acts 11:19-26

11. Church in Antioch

The Church in Antioch

19 Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, and they spoke the word to no one except Jews.20But among them were some men of Cyprus and Cyrene who, on coming to Antioch, spoke to the Hellenists also, proclaiming the Lord Jesus.21The hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number became believers and turned to the Lord.22News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.23When he came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion;24for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were brought to the Lord.25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.”

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 30

Psalm 30

30. Psalm 30

Psalm 30

Thanksgiving for Recovery from Grave Illness

A Psalm. A Song at the dedication of the temple. Of David.

1

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up,

and did not let my foes rejoice over me.

2

O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,

and you have healed me.

3

O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol,

restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.

 

4

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,

and give thanks to his holy name.

5

For his anger is but for a moment;

his favor is for a lifetime.

Weeping may linger for the night,

but joy comes with the morning.

 

6

As for me, I said in my prosperity,

“I shall never be moved.”

7

By your favor, O Lord,

you had established me as a strong mountain;

you hid your face;

I was dismayed.

 

8

To you, O Lord, I cried,

and to the Lord I made supplication:

9

“What profit is there in my death,

if I go down to the Pit?

Will the dust praise you?

Will it tell of your faithfulness?

10

Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me!

O Lord, be my helper!”

 

11

You have turned my mourning into dancing;

you have taken off my sackcloth

and clothed me with joy,

12

so that my soul may praise you and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.

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